Getting Back in the Routine of Good Dental Care
Dental checkups may not be foremost on your mind with kids returning to school. Some kids have already gone back to school before September rolls around. For many children, school days are a good time to get back into a normal dental care routine. At this point summer vacations are over. And, there’s nothing like a dental exam to reinforce healthy dental habits for your children.
What Do Dental Checkups Often Include?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a dental checkup provides an overall picture of a child’s dental health:
- Tooth alignment and bite
- Existence of cavities
- Tooth development (permanent teeth replacing baby teeth)
- Gum conditions
Because brushing and flossing doesn’t get rid of all the oral bacteria, it is wise for children to get dental cleanings. Cleanings keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Dentist use x-rays to detect cavities between teeth. They also use them to check out how children’s teeth are developing, which includes looking at the roots of their teeth.
Today, many children are involved in sports. Mouthguards are a great way to protect their teeth from injury. Whether you need to have a mouthguard made or adjust an existing one, the fall is a good time address the issue.
Extra Protection for Molars
Is your child cavity prone? Ask your dentist about sealants. Sealants are a comparatively new dental treatment that coats permanent teeth with protective materials. Your dentist can put sealants on your child’s back molars to protect the teeth against bacteria. Even with brushing and flossing, bits of food can get between teeth and lead to cavtities. A sealant reduces the risk of forming cavities by 80%.
Do You Have Concerns about Your Children’s Dental Care?
At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, our dentists can help you stay on top of dental care for your children.